Sunday, October 31, 2010

China Unicom Connects with CENX in Los Angeles

China Unicom has established connections with CENX at its Carrier Ethernet exchange in Los Angeles. The connections with CENX's exchange in Los Angeles brings new business links between China Unicom's customers in more than 100 countries and is a driver for the buying and selling of services to and from China Unicom's network and the large number of existing CENX service provider members.

Tyco Electronics Changes Name to TE Connectivity

Tyco Electronics Lwill be changing its name to TE Connectivity Ltd., subject to shareholder approval, next spring.

"We are changing the name of our company to better reflect the products and solutions that we provide to our customers," said Chief Executive Officer Tom Lynch. "In a world that is increasingly connected, we engineer a full range of connectivity solutions. From electronic connectors under the hood of a car, to fiber optic cables under the sea, to high-voltage connections in energy systems, our products protect and connect the flow of data and power from origination to destination in the world's largest industries -- including automotive, telecommunications, energy, aerospace, industrial, white goods and consumer devices."
  • In November 2010, Tyco Electronics extended its offer to acquire ADC at a
    price of $12.75 per share in cash, to 5:00 p.m., New York City time on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.

BT Plans Trial of 1 Gbps FTTH

BT plans to conduct a technical trial of 1 Gbps fibre broadband speeds in Kesgrave, Suffolk and the inclusion of up to 40 rural market towns in the next phase of its FTTH deployment. The 1 Gbps trial will commence in early 2011 and will demonstrate the maximum speed capabilities of its Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) product. The trial will test the delivery of broadband speeds at 1 Gbps downstream and 400 Mbps upstream.

BT said selected market towns where premises and cabinets are suitably clustered will now be eligible for fibre deployment. BT will therefore be including up to 40 rural market towns in the next phase of exchanges for fibre broadband. These areas will be able to enjoy the benefits of the technology from late 2011/early 2012. BT plans to announce the next list of exchanges in January 2011.

BT are reaffirmed its commitment to its £2.5 billion pledge to roll-out fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK by 2015 and to working with Government to find ways of delivering fibre to the remaining third of UK homes and businesses.

Level 3: Comcast Dispute Not About Peering

The dispute with Comcast is not primarily about Internet traffic peering but about the cable operator trying to defend its closed, cable TV distribution from online video alternatives, said Level 3 Communications in a statement released on Friday. Level 3 asserts that Comcast wants "to use its local access network dominance as leverage to force Level 3 to pay for traffic requested by Comcast customers that already pay Comcast for access to that same content. Having sold broadband access services to its customers, Comcast wants to sell the same service again to Level 3 and other networks connected to Comcast."

While acknowledging that Level 3 traffic going to Comcast subscribers is much greater than the traffic coming from Comcast subscribers, the company argues that this imbalance is irrelevant to the issue of whether a broadband access provider like Comcast is entitled to payment of a toll. The nature of local access network traffic implies that this traffic imbalance will exist everywhere across the Internet and so this is not a peering issue between two backbone operators.

Significantly, Level 3 believes that "Comcast also has a strong motive to discourage competition with its cable TV service. Online distribution of movies, TV shows and other content threatens Comcast's traditional 'closed' video distribution model."

Alcatel-Lucent to Integrate CASSIS Trusted Service Manager for Mobile Wallets

Alcatel-Lucent will integrate CASSIS International's Trusted Service Manager (TSM) with its own mobile payment and marketing offering. The combination will enable mobile network operators (MNOs) to provide a secure mobile application warehouse for payment, ticketing, loyalty and other applications by allowing consumers to use their mobile phones as a wallet at the point of sale.

The CASSIS Trusted Service Manager distributes, provisions and activates the applications and services of the service providers, and is considered the middle man between MNOs and third party service providers. This allows a mobile phone to act like a credit card, transport card or loyalty card. MNOs can leverage the relationship and services of the TSM to collaborate with other industry service providers and rapidly create new services for their customers, independent of handset and secure element makers, and thereby creating new revenue streams.

"This partnership completes our turnkey mobile payment and marketing offering for mobile operators and NFC consortia," said Anthony Belpaire, General Manager Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Wallet Service. "The combination of CASSIS' unique expertise on TSM with Alcatel-Lucent's Mobile Wallet Service offering, worldwide presence and integration expertise creates a unique market proposition. With this offering, we can enable our mobile carrier customers to provide a kind of "SIM app store" so payment, ticketing and lots of 3rd party applications can be provided to any NFC handset into the hands of the carriers' customers."

CASSIS currently supports all of Visa's major NFC project launches in the Asia Pacific region and is a key member of Visa's International Mobile Payment Platform Consortium for mobile payments and services. With headquarters in Singapore and operations in Singapore, Malaysia, China, South Korea and France,http://www.alcatel-lucent.cm

Level 3 Adds 1.65 Tbps of CDN Capacity

Level 3 Communications added 1.65 Terabits per second (Tbps) of globally available capacity and five new network locations to its content delivery network (CDN) in Q3. The new facilities include Toronto, Montreal, Brussels, Munich and Hamburg.

Level 3 said it has seen an uptick this year in event and steady-state demand from the media, entertainment and gaming industries. The company has seen traffic rise for its high-quality adaptive streaming deployments (Microsoft IIS Smooth Streaming, Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5 and Apple HTTP live) and a rapid adoption of its end-to-end Internet Broadcast service offering.

"Level 3 has had the privilege of serving some of the largest consumers of bandwidth for a number of years. We play very close attention to their needs to build delivery solutions that take account of the way our customers' businesses are changing and adapting," said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. "We have seen a significant increase in demand for our CDN services this year. With this rate of growth and with customer needs in mind, Level 3 will continue to develop CDN capabilities, add capacity and improve performance for all of our customers."

Tellabs Signs Russian Partner

Tellabs announced a partnership agreement with SITRONICS Information Technologies, one of the largest systems integrators in Eastern Europe and the CIS. SITRONICS Information Technologies is authorized to supply and provide services for installation and commissioning of Tellabs equipment. SITRONICS IT will focus on introducing a new line of Tellabs solutions for mobile communications.

ConteXtream Virtualizes and Optimizes Application Flows

ConteXtream, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California with R&D in Petach Tikva, Israel, unveiled a new platform that virtualizes how network operators connect subscribers to content and services.

The goal is to leverage a cloud-based network virtualization framework to optimize every subscriber-application flow across wireline or wireless networks. Essentially, a network operator would leverage real-time awareness of subscribers and network conditions to link applications to the most-available servers across the network. The ConteXtream paradigm uses subscriber, network and application "context" to match subscriber and applications. This creates network-aware load distribution where each subscriber is matched to the best application server.

The idea requires precise state-flow data on all subscriber sessions. To meet this challenge, ConteXtream leverages industry-standard servers that are distributed and meshed together across any transport network. Each server is able to handle the virtualization and session processing for up to 7 million subscriber-application "sessions" and 40Gbps of traffic.

ConteXtream's Service Delivery Grid also optimizes content delivery on a per session by optimizing packet sizes, window sizes and by employing congestion control methods. The company claims this subscriber-aware session tuning can eliminate up to 50% of the packets transmitter per stream for some applications. ConteXsteam also sees its framework as a means by which network operators will be able to monetize over-the-top services.

Investors in ConteXtream include Comcast Interactive Capital and Verizon Ventures.

ConteXtream is headed by Dr. Yaron Simler (CEO), who previously was CEO of Scopus Video Networks.
The company was co-founded by Sharon Barkai (previously Founder & CEO of Xeround Systems) and Eldad Bar-Eli (previously with Cisco).

Verizon Appoints President of Global Business Unit

Verizon Communications appointed Bob Toohey as president-global enterprise. Toohey most recently served as senior vice president of global customer care and services for Verizon Business, responsible for customer service, delivery and ongoing management of the company's large-business, mid-tier, government, education and wholesale customers worldwide. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president of human resources and communications for Verizon Business.

Overture Adds Carrier Ethernet Edge Platform

Overture Networks introduced its ISG 400 Carrier Ethernet edge platform -- a modular system aimed at simplifying the transition from traditional TDM infrastructure to an all-optical Ethernet network.

Overture's ISG 400 supports a wide range of network interfaces for delivering Carrier Ethernet services over existing DS3 or SONET/SDH infrastructure/ It support hierarchical quality-of-service and up to eight classes of service for each Ethernet Virtual Circuit. The ISG 400 can also help service providers troubleshoot and report on their service performance with link level Ethernet OAM (802.3ah), service level Ethernet OAM (802.1ag and Y.1731), and support for the latest MEF UNI 2.2 E-LMI specifications. Transition to all-optical Ethernet are enabled by a simple connection change from the TDM interface module to the built-in Ethernet network interfaces.

Fulcrum Microsystems Debuts 10/40 Gbps Ethernet Switch Chips

Fulcrum Microsystems introduced its FocalPoint FM6000 series of fully integrated wire-speed 10G and 40G Ethernet switch chips. The new devices, which incorporate the company's Alta high-speed Ethernet switching architecture,
feature a "FlexPipe" low-latency packet-processing pipeline, which can parse, modify and apply multiple rules to traffic at more than 1 Billion packets per second in a deterministic manner.

Fulcrum's Alta switch architecture also features flexible 10G and 40G Ethernet port logic and third-generation RapidArray output-queued shared-memory. The company said its FocalPoint devices achieve unprecedented performance with cut-through packet latencies of less than 300nS, regardless of configuration or features enabled.

There are nine devices in the FM6000 series, each offering a different port configuration and total bandwidth, ranging from 160Gbps to 720Gbps. The devices are targeted at very high port-count top-of-rack or end-of-row data center switches.

Nokia Siemens Networks Introduces Smart GSM Functionality

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced new functionality that enables simultaneous voice and data calls over GSM for smart device users. The new GSM network functionality also allows operators to manage up to four times more GSM devices on the existing networks.

The new functionality addresses the problem of signaling traffic generated by smart devices that automatically connect far more frequently to the network. Nokia Siemens Networks said its Smart GSM network functionality quadruples signaling channel capacity, allowing operators to handle up to four times as many devices in a single cell site. In addition, it improves GSM network efficiency by ensuring that traffic channel capacity is not wasted due to signaling congestion.

The capability enables users to receive or initiate voice calls while a data connection is active. Without support for the concurrent use of voice and data, incoming voice calls are currently diverted to the voicemail, when there is an active data connection, for instance, when the handset is downloading emails.

The new functionality can be introduced to Nokia Siemens Networks' radio networks via simple software upgrades and is available for deployment now.

"A steady decline in prices has led to an increasing use of smart phones even in markets that are yet to move to 3G," said Prashant Agnihotri, head of GSM/EDGE product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. "It is natural for smart device users to desire round the clock connectivity and demand high data and voice service quality, when they are in a GSM coverage area. Our new functionality will ensure that operators can meet these demands in their GSM networks without making heavy investments or affecting the experience of other users."

Swisscom Selects Motorola's VDSL2 Gateways

Motorola Mobility announced a contract to supply its VDSL2 gateways to Swisscom. The new Motorola 7600 Series of ultra-broadband VDSL2 gateways will be used to deliver advanced services including HD video, high-speed data and VoIP to its subscribers. The 7600 gateways are based on the latest VDSL2 technology with integrated ADSL2+ fallback, featuring an integrated high-performance network processor and DMT-based VDSL2 modem. The 7600 series gateways also provide the advanced routing, quality of service (QoS), and TR-069 remote management capabilities. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mindspeed Reports Revenu of %58 Million, up 29% YoY

Mindspeed reported quarterly revenues of $57.6 million for its fourth fiscal quarter. Excluding patent sales of $12.8 million, product revenues were $44.8 million and increased sequentially by 3.6 percent from product revenues of $43.3 million in the prior fiscal quarter and increased year-over-year by 29 percent from revenues of $34.7 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2009.

Product revenues from communications convergence processing solutions, formerly known as multiservice access, contributed 43 percent of fiscal fourth quarter of 2010 product revenues and increased 6 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter. Product revenues from high-performance analog products increased 4 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter and represented 33 percent of product revenues. Wide area networking communications product revenues contributed the remaining 24 percent of fiscal fourth quarter of 2010 product revenues and decreased 1 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter.

"The fiscal fourth quarter was another great quarter of execution for Mindspeed. It marked the sixth quarter of sequential revenue growth and concluded a fiscal year for Mindspeed in which we grew product revenue 36 percent and delivered record profitability. Looking forward to fiscal 2011, we expect to continue expanding our market leading positions in fiber optic access and high-performance analog, as well as to continue our design win traction with our newest initiative into the fast growing 3G/4G wireless infrastructure market," said Raouf Y. Halim, Mindspeed's chief executive officer.

Etisalat Tests 10G GPON with Huawei

Etisalat has completed a 10G GPON full-service test over its existing network using Huawei's 10G GPON solution. During this test, Etisalat & Huawei verified the co-existance of GPON and 10G GPON over the current OLT platform, passing all of the required tests for successful co-existence of GPON and 10G GPON in an established ODN.

Global Crossing Acquires Genesis Networks

Global Crossing acquired Genesis Networks, a global video services provider, for approximately $27 million, including $15 million in connection with the repayment of existing debt.

Genesis Networks, which was founded in 2001, specializes in broadcast video over IP and satellite solutions. Its purpose-built network stretches across 70 cities on five continents and links important international media centers through 225 on-net locations.

Global Crossing said this acquisition provides opportunities to attract new customers and expand service offerings into vertical markets that require high-performance, rich-media, video-based delivery, such as healthcare, cinema, music, gaming, government and distance learning.

"The proliferation of HD and 3D video will soon outstrip the capacities of legacy technologies, making media-centric global fiber optic networks like ours the most viable option for broadcasters, producers and distributors," said John Legere, chief executive officer of Global Crossing. "By acquiring Genesis Networks, Global Crossing takes an ambitious step towards providing new and differentiated value-added solutions to address specialized video requirements across multiple industries."

ZTE Completes First CDMA2000 1x Advanced Call

ZTE successfully completed the world's first CDMA2000 1x Advanced call based on CDMA2000 1x system. The call features a four-fold increase in voice capacity and follows the specifications of CDMA2000 1x Advanced technology published by Third Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2).

The CDMA2000 1x Advanced technology incorporates multi-technologies such as the 4th Generation Vocoder (4GV), Interference Cancellation, Mobile Receive Diversity and Radio Link Enhancements (including Smart Blanking, Efficient Power Control, Frame Early Termination and Quasi Orthogonal Function), to quadruple the voice capacity while ensuring excellent voice quality.

ZTE said it plans to launch the industry's first commercial version supporting 1x Advanced features in Q1 2011. The company notes that it currently holds the No. 1 position in the global CDMA market with a 30.3% share. ZTE has shipped over 250,000 CDMA base-stations to date.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Softbank Proposes Fiber Broadband Highway for Japan

Softbank's Masayoshi Son outlined a bold initiative to create a far reaching fiber strategy for Japan under which NTT's access network would be divested into a new company in which Softbank and other competitors would invest. The plan follows the model of Singapore, where a single network access provider deploys and operates a fiber access network while providing equal access to competing ISPs. Under the Softbank plan, FTTH would be deployed rapidly to 100% of Japanese homes using no public funds.

Under the plan, NTT East and NTT West would spin off their fiber access businesses into a new company. NTT, the Government of Japan, Softbank, KDDI would be shareholders in the new access utility company. The government would become a 40% stakeholder by selling its other shares in NTT and investing 200 billion yen. Softbank and KDDI would each invest 100 billion yen in the company for a 20% stake each. NTT would also contribute 100 billion yen. The new venture would also need to absorb some of NTT's long term debt, but would have 500 billion yen to spend for a rapid fiber rollout across the country.

Softbank reckons that by moving to a 100% fiber architecture, the new company would reap significant long term savings compared to maintaining the current metallic infrastructure. Maintenance savings are estimated at 60% over ten years. Significantly, it calculates that the cost of optics broadband could be reduced from 5000 yen to 1150 yen. Moreover, a single access utility company for all of Japan would also become a profitable enterprise, according to the Softbank numbers, whereas the current access divisions are loss makers.

NTT DATA to Acquire Keane for IT Services Business

NTT DATA CORPORATION has agreed to acquire Keane, a U.S.-based IT services firm, for an undisclosed sum. Keane is majority owned by Citigroup Venture Capital International Technology Holdings.

Keane, which is based in Boston, provides a broad range of IT services related to custom application development and management, enterprise application services, infrastructure solutions, and business process outsourcing. The company has approximately 12,000 professionals, including 5,000 across North America and 7,000 professionals in Europe, India, Asia-Pacific

NTT DATA said the acquisition is part of its strategy to accelerate its globalization and boost its global portfolio and overseas presence. NTT DATA will also gain enhanced operational know-how regarding global delivery, which will support its IT services business and enable the provision of vertically focused IT solutions in the U.S. and abroad.

"This transaction with Keane will allow us to provide comprehensive IT services including system development and management of mission critical systems in North America. Keane has a superior reputation in the area of application and infrastructure services, as well as deep industry expertise. I believe that this, combined with their unique global delivery model and our global scale, offers more cost-effective and higher value solutions to our customers," stated Toru Yamashita, President and Chief Executive Officer of NTT DATA.

Hawaiian Telcom Exits Chapter 11, Reduces Debt by $850M

Hawaiian Telcom Communications completed its reorganization and has emerged from its Chapter 11 proceedings. Through its reorganization, Hawaiian Telcom has reduced its debt by over $850 million, or approximately 74 percent, and has emerged with $300 million of debt. The process began in December 2008.

"Thanks to the dedication of each of our employees statewide, the ongoing support of our customers and suppliers, and the cooperation of our lenders, we have successfully completed our reorganization which marks a new beginning for the Company," said Eric K. Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom's president and CEO. "As was our goal, we have significantly reduced our debt through the Chapter 11 process and have emerged a much stronger, more financially secure company better positioned to address the growth opportunities as the leading communications provider in the Hawaii marketplace."

CLEAR 4G Goes Live in NYC

Clearwire officially launched its 4G service in New York City.

Verizon FiOS Begins 3D Films

Over the next two months, Verizon will launch 10 feature films in 3D. The 3D VOD movies are available to all FiOS TV customers across the country who have a 3D television set, 3D glasses and a high-definition set-top box.

RADCOM Cites Expanded Rollouts in South Asia

RADCOM announced that a Tier 1 operator customer in South Asia is expanding their deployment of RADCOM equipment, adding 3G monitoring to their current implementation. The expansion will provide GPRS/UMTS mobile data services, including mobile broadband and smart phones.

"We are very pleased that this operator has selected RADCOM to monitor its 3G network. We believe that by using Omni-Q, this operator will be able to improve its network performance for the various wireless broadband services it provides," said Yoram Sherman RADCOM's VP Sales Asia-Pacific.

Telefónica O2 Employs NSN's Security-as-a-Service

Telefónica O2 has chosen to deploy Nokia Siemens Networks' security-as-a-service at a fixed monthly fee for its customers in the Czech Republic. Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks has integrated its security-as-a-service into Telefónica's operational support system/business support system (OSS/BSS) platforms. The security service is delivered to Telefónica O2's enterprise customers from the operator's secure, centralized, and continuously updated platforms in O2 data centers to protect fixed Internet access. A fixed monthly fee is charged to enterprises for the service.

Infinera Names Kambiz Hooshmand Board Chairman

Infinera appointed Kambiz Hooshmand as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Hooshmand has more than two decades of experience in optical transport, routing, access, and related technologies. He was President and CEO of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation from 2005 to 2009. Before that, he held a number of senior positions at Cisco Systems Inc. including VP and General Manager of Cisco's Optical and Broadband Transport business unit.

The company also named Infinera co-founder Dr. David Welch to the Board of Directors. Dr. David Welch was a co-founder of Infinera and serves today as Infinera Executive Vice President, and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to Infinera, Dr. Welch held a number of senior positions at leading optical component makers SDL Inc. and JDS Uniphase.

Hughes Gets Loan Guarantee for Ka-band "Jupiter" Satellite

BNP Paribas and Societe Generale have agreed to provide a $115 million loan guarantee to Hughes Network Systems for the launch of Jupiter, its next generation, high-throughput, Ka-band satellite. The loan is guaranteed by COFACE, the French Export Credit Agency, and Arianespace has been contracted by Hughes to launch Jupiter in the first half of 2012.
  • Switching capacity aboard the next-generation Jupiter satellite is expected to be 100 Gbps -- ten times the current generation SPACEWAY 3 with 10 Gbps of capacity.

GSA and DISA Award Satellite Contract to Hughes

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) selected Hughes Network Systems to provide commercial satellite communications under new a new contract created by the GSA and Defense Intelligence Systems Agency's (DISA) Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) program.

Under the terms of the contract (GS-35F-0907P), Hughes may provide government agencies within the continental United States with satellite-based Internet, voice, data, and video services; emergency response/disaster recovery voice and data networks; connectivity to the Internet via satellite services through portable satellite IP modems; and other pre-existing, pre-engineered fixed/mobile/hybrid satellite services. Hughes also will provide network management, monitoring, engineering, integration and operations necessary to deliver key services.

"Hughes is proud to be among the first companies awarded the opportunity to compete for government satellite requirements under the FCSA program," said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes. "Satellite broadband services support critical mission requirements ranging from military and homeland security communications-on-the-move activities, to civilian and state/local government requirements for emergency preparedness, telework, back-up communications networks to support Land Mobile Radio (LMR), and remote Internet access. We are excited to begin providing Hughes subscription services throughout the U.S. utilizing our award-winning SPACEWAY 3 satellite and advanced HX System, and transponded capacity worldwide."

Eutelsat Declares Newly Launched W3B Satellite a Total Loss

Eutelsat declared its new W3B satellite a total loss, after a propellant leak was detected on the satellite's propulsion subsystem.

The W3B satellite was launched on October 28 by an Ariane rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Initially, the launch was declared a success. Separation of the satellite from the launch vehicle took place 28 minutes after lift-off. Operations needed to circularise the new satellite's orbit, place it into its operational configuration and carry out in-orbit testing will be controlled by Eutelsat from its satellite control centre at the Rambouillet teleport (near Paris), using a global network of earth stations.

W3B was equipped with 56 transponders, including three in Ka-band transponders, enabling it to deliver both broadcasting and telecom/data services. Target markets were satellite and cable homes in Central Europe, although high-power coverage over Indian Ocean islands, including Mauritius and Reunion Island, was also planned.

W3B was scheduled to be located at 16 degrees East to replace Eutelsat's EUROBIRD 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites. With the loss of W3B, the three satellites will now remain in full service at 16 degrees East until the arrival of W3C, whose launch is on track for mid-2011. Eutelsat will also immediately initiate a new satellite programme, called W3D, for a planned launch in the first quarter of 2013.
http://www.eutelsat.comThe next Eutelsat satellite on the launch-pad is KA-SAT, Europe's first High Throughput Satellite, which is scheduled for launch in December this year.

IBM Completes Acquisition of BLADE

IBM completed its previously announced acquisition of BLADE Network Technologies, a privately held company based in Santa Clara, CA. Financial details were not disclosed. BLADE will become part of IBM Systems and Technology Group. The company specializes in software and devices that route data and transactions to and from servers.

BLADE provides blade server and top-of-rack switches, as well as software to virtualize and manage cloud computing and other workloads. The company has pursued the "switch on a blade" concept and has shipped over 9 million ports to date. BLADE has also developed switching virtualization software for cloud computing environments. This allows servers to more closely integrate with the network so that clients can deploy thousands of virtual machines to run large application workloads in the cloud and reduce complexity through simplified management.

IBM said the acquisition builds on its networking capabilities. IBM and BLADE have worked together since 2002, resulting in thousands of joint clients. In fact, over 50 percent of IBM System x BladeCenters currently attach to or use BLADE products.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NetLogic Posts Q3 Revenues of $100M. up 5% Sequentially

NetLogic Microsystems reported revenue for the third quarter of 2010 of $100.1 million, a 5.3% sequential increase from $95.0 million for the second quarter of 2010 and a 136% increase from $42.3 million for the third quarter of 2009. Net income (GAAP) was $5.2 million or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $3.9 million or $0.09 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009.

"We recently marked another significant milestone in our technology roadmap with the transition of our product portfolio of multi-core processing, knowledge-based processing and physical layer solutions to TSMC's advanced 40 nanometer process node," said Ron Jankov, president and CEO. "This is a considerable achievement given the size and complexity of our solutions and further highlights the tremendous execution and expertise of our team."

Alcatel-Lucent Announces Latest ISAM, Contract with Denmark's TDC

Alcatel-Lucent released its latest Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) offering support for both fiber and copper services through the same node. The ETSI-based 7302 ISAM and 7330 ISAM FTTN access nodes offer high-capacity GPON and point-to-point fiber capabilities, allowing service providers to offer a mix of access technologies.

Alcatel-Lucent's new ISAM platform release also introduces an application enablement processor along with local storage. This enables service providers to cache and replicate content at the node, reducing the demand for bandwidth across the network. Personalized content can be stored and assigned from the node, opening new routes to enrich the end user experience and create value.

Alcatel-Lucent said that in the future, an intelligent access network could send different, tailored advertising to two adjacent homes watching the same TV broadcast, for example.

"By adding GPON capabilities to our 7302 ISAM and 7330 ISAM FTTN platforms, we are helping our customers to launch their next-generation fiber projects from a solid, familiar and installed base," said Dave Geary, head of Alcatel-Lucent's Wireline activities. "This is also the first access node to comply fully with FSAN's GPON interoperability guidelines. We are committed to interoperability, a principle which translates into shorter times to market and lower engineering barriers for our customers."

In addition, the company announced that TDC, the incumbent operator in Denmark, will deploy its latest ISAM platform. Bringing VDSL2 access points closer to its subscribers to support higher bandwidths over the existing copper loops, TDC also will deploy a high volume of Alcatel-Lucent's customized street cabinets - in addition to the selection of Alcatel-Lucent's 7302 ISAM and 7330 ISAM FTTN platforms and the related 5520 Access Management System (AMS).

"Our broadband strategy is to provide our residential and business customers high quality services from the best network in Denmark. This has been -- and continues to be - top of mind to us. In addition, we want to invest in new networking technology wisely, and that includes leveraging as much as possible our existing assets," says Jess Julin Ibsen, CTO, TDC.

Michigan's Agri-Valley to Roll out 700 MHz LTE with NSN

Michigan-based Agri-Valley Communications, a rural internet service provider, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks for a regional rural LTE deployment using 700 MHz spectrum. The contract includes core and radio elements as well as network management and related services.

Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) using Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). It will also provide its NetAct network management system to efficiently monitor, manage and optimize the operator's network. Nokia Siemens Networks' Value-Added Reseller (VAR), Avion Systems will manage installation, commissioning and integration of the solution.

Australia's NBNCo Picks NSN for Optical Gear

Australia's NBN Co. has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply optical data transmission infrastructure for the country's National Broadband Network. The initial purchase order with Nokia Siemens Networks will be for $10 million and include the acquisition of test laboratory equipment and systems to support early release sites. The potential value of the contract is up to AU$400 million over ten years.

Under the scope of the frame agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its DWDM equipment and management systems. The company will also provide related services including design, logistics, installation, commissioning, local pre-deployment system testing and care.

NBN Co's transmission network requires connectivity at 10, 40 and 100 Gbps. The network building stage of the project will span for ten years with the bulk of the optical transmission network being rolled out in the first three years.

"NBN Co wants to build a super-fast broadband network to cater to the current and future network traffic demands," said Kalevi Kostiainen, head of Australia and New Zealand, Nokia Siemens Networks. "We are committed to providing the best combination of a world-class optical transmission with local expertise that will provide advanced digital services to the entire nation."
  • In August 2010, political consensus was reached following the Australian elections to proceed with the $43 billion National Broadband Network. The agreement between political factions placed an emphasis on rural deployment ahead of urban areas.

  • In June 2010, NBN Co., the consortium established to design, build and operate Australia's forthcoming wholesale-only National Broadband Network (NBN), reached an agreement with Telstra that would provide access to Telstra facilities and the progressive migration of Telstra traffic onto the National Broadband Network, subject to regulatory approval.

  • NBN Co was established in April 2009 to design, build and operate a wholesale-only national high-speed broadband network for all Australians. In the fibre footprint, the network will deliver broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps, subject to the retail plan chosen.

France Telecom Group Reaches 203.4 million Customer Lines

As of 30-September-2010, the France Telecom Group was serving 203.4 million customer lines, up 5.1% on a comparable basis compared to a year earlier. Revenues for the Group rose 1.1% in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the third quarter of 2009 -- following a 0.3% increase in the second quarter and 0.3% decrease in the first quarter. Including the effects of regulation, revenues fell 0.6% in the quarter on a comparable basis.

Some highlights:

Mobile services led the Group's growth, with a total of 144.5 million customers at 30 September 2010, a year-on-year increase of 8.0%.

The Group's 3G customer base reached 33.5 million at 30 September 2010, an increase of 36.6% year on year.

Mobile revenues improved significantly in France, rising 6.6% in the third quarter (excluding the impact of regulation) on the success of 3G handsets and growth in data services.

Revenue growth was strong in Africa and the Middle East, up +9.8% in the third quarter (excluding Egypt and the impact of regulation) after rising 7.9% in the second quarter, with new operations in Africa up 41%.

In the Enterprise segment, the gradual improvement in revenues since the beginning of the year continued, with the third quarter decline limited to 3.7%, compared with -4.9% in the second quarter and 7.0% in the first quarter (on a comparable basis).

CAPEX was 3.4 billion euros (10.0% of revenues) in the first nine months of 2010, down 1.8% from the previous year (on a comparable basis).

FCC Grants Build-out Extension to FiberTower

The FCC has granted an extension of time to FiberTower for on deadline for the build-out on 102 of its 24 GHz spectrum licenses. The deadline is postponed through June 1, 2012. FiberTower now plans to file renewal applications in mid-January 2011 referencing the build-out extension. FiberTower also has one additional 24 GHz license that does not expire until 2015.

Previously, FiberTower's 39 GHz licenses with 2007 build-out deadlines and license expiration dates went through a similar process.

"The build-out extensions benefit both the public interest and the company by allowing FiberTower to further develop its valuable 24 GHz and 39 GHz spectrum assets in response to market demands instead of building to meet an artificially set timeframe," said Joseph M. Sandri, Jr., FiberTower's Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs.

Motorola Posts its First Growth Quarter since Q4 2006

Motorola reported Q3 2010 sales of $4.9 billion , up 13 percent from the third quarter a year ago. Financial results related to the portion of the Company's Networks business expected to be acquired by Nokia Siemens Networks are reported as discontinued operations. GAAP net earnings in the third quarter of 2010 were $109 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to $12 million, or $0.01 per share, in the third quarter 2009. On a non-GAAP basis, including discontinued operations, earnings in the third quarter of 2010 were $380 million, or $0.16 per share, exceeding the company's guidance of $0.10 - $0.12 per share.

"In the third quarter, Motorola Mobility showed positive momentum across the business, with Mobile Devices reaching profitability for the first time in over three years and Home continues to maintain its leadership position," said Sanjay Jha, Motorola co-chief executive officer and Motorola Mobility CEO. "Mobile Devices' DROID™X continues to sell extremely well, and we have had several other successful smartphone launches globally, including the DROID 2, the MING series in China, as well as a well-received introduction of our enterprise-ready DROID™ PRO. As we continue to make progress across the organization, we remain focused on further improving our financial results and pursuing the delivery of best-in-class software and hardware experiences to consumers and business users."

Greg Brown, Motorola co-chief executive officer and Motorola Solutions CEO, said, "Our Enterprise Mobility Solutions business continues to deliver very solid financial results. In enterprise markets, we continued to experience double-digit sales growth in all four geographic regions we serve. Additionally, our public safety business remains resilient. Going forward, we are focused on next-generation public safety and enterprise solutions and services. I am excited about the opportunities ahead as we approach our targeted separation."

Some highlights:

Mobile Devices segment sales were $2.0 billion, up 20 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. The company shipped 3.8 million smartphones with a total of 22 smartphones introduced during 2010.

Home segment sales were $912 million, up 5 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. The company recently introduced a hosted switched digital video solution that provides independent operators with the bandwidth reclamation and management capabilities needed to launch HDTV, VOD, 3DTV and interactive TV applications.

Enterprise Mobility Solutions segment sales, which now includes the iDEN infrastructure business, were $1.9 billion, up 9 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. The company recently secured a $50 million federal government grant to expand broadband access to communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, including a private broadband LTE network for public safety. The company also announced a strategic alliance with Ericsson for an LTE-based solution that will be integrated with Motorola's Next Generation Public Safety Broadband solution.

China Telecom Reaches 83 Million Mobile Subscribers

China Telecom reported revenue of RMB 163 billion for the first nine months of 2010, up 5.4% for the year. The company reported continued growth in mobiles and broadband, but continued local line losses and churn in its Personal Handyphone System (PAS) subscribers.

Facing the challenges from the intensified mobile substitution and churn of Personal Handyphone System
(PAS) subscribers, the Group continued to record negative growth in its number of local access lines in
service for the first three quarters.

The number of wireline broadband subscribers reached 61.07 million, representing a net addition of 7.61 million.

The number of mobile subscribers reached 82.98 million (of which 3G subscribers reached 9.15 million), representing a net addition of 26.89 million for the first three quarters.

Verizon Wireless Settles Data Charge Issue with FCC

Verizon Wireless and the FCC reached a settlement regarding "mystery fees" the company charged its customers over the last several years. The settlement includes a record $25 million payment to the U.S. Treasury and refunds amounting to a minimum of $52.8 million to approximately 15 million customers. Verizon Wireless will also ensure that consumers are no longer charged the mystery fees for unwanted or inadvertent data sessions.

Verizon Wireless said that the single largest problem, involving the vast majority of credits, was caused by a very small data "acknowledgment" session sent by software pre-loaded on certain phones. For customers who did not have data plans and who were not otherwise using data features on their devices, this triggered a "pay as you go" charge of $1.99. http://www.fcc.gov

GSMA Video: TD-LTE vs. Mobile WiMAX

Presented by Jaikishan Rajaraman, Senior Director, GSMA

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LSI and IP Infusion Team on Mobile Backhaul and Carrier Ethernet

IP Infusion has collaborated with LSI to develop an advanced carrier-grade solution for mobile backhaul and Carrier Ethernet. The solution combines LSI's multicore communications processors and IP Infusion's ZebOS Network Platform and is standards-compliant and pre-tested for interoperability.

Cisco Ships its 30 Millionth IP Phone

Cisco recently shipped its 30 millionth IP phone to one of the world's largest financial institutions -- HSBC. The company released its first IP phone 12 years ago.

Portugal Telecom Tests 10G GPON with Alcatel-Lucent

Portugal Telecom will conduct a trial of symmetrical 10 Gbps GPON technology in conjunction with Alcatel-Lucent. The 10G GPON technology will be able to co-exist with standard GPON on the same access network - meaning that the existing optical fibre outside plant is not impacted when the massive usage of the technology occurs.

"Portugal Telecom has been leading systematically in services and technology innovation, strongly investing in fiber-to-the-home - using GPON technology - to enable its customers to enjoy the highest bandwidths with the best quality of service," says Alfredo Baptista, CTO of Portugal Telecom. "However, as services and bandwidth requirements keep on evolving rapidly, it is fundamental to continue to assess and evaluate the latest innovations -- such as the symmetrical 10G GPON technology that Alcatel-Lucent is providing for this trial."

The Carlyle Group to Privatize CommScope

The Carlyle Group has agree to acquire all of the outstanding shares of CommScope for $31.50 per share in cash -- a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion. The deal will result in CommScope becoming a private company. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

CommScope, which includes brands such as Andrew, SYSTIMAX and Uniprise, offers a range of telecom infrastructure products.

"As a private company, we believe CommScope will have greater flexibility to focus on our long-term strategic direction as a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Carlyle understands our industry and our business well, and will be a tremendous asset as we build upon our leadership position and continue to implement our strategic plan to deliver enhanced value to our customers around the world," stated Eddie Edwards, CommScope's president and chief operating officer.

Verizon Business Integrates Carrier Ethernet into Managed Services Portfolio

Verizon Business is adding Global Managed Ethernet to its Managed Services portfolio, enabling multinational organizations to place Verizon Ethernet services in a managed network environment containing just those services, or in combination with other network services for a complete end-to-end, global managed network solution.

The new capabilities allow the combination of MPLS and Ethernet services in a fully-managed, end-to-end solution. Supported flavors of Ethernet are Ethernet Private Line Service (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line Service (EVPL) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS). To ensure network management for Ethernet WAN circuits, Verizon Business is using an IP SLA mechanism from Cisco to monitor performance of each connection.

"For the first time, our customers can combine the power of MPLS and Ethernet in a fully managed end-end-to-end global networking solution," said Anthony Recine, vice president of networking and communications solutions for Verizon Business. "Together our Private IP and Ethernet services deliver an ideal business communications platform to handle big-bandwidth applications in a similar fashion, no matter where they are located around the world."

Starbucks Expands Mobile Wallet Program in NY

Starbucks is expanding its Starbucks Card Mobile payment test to nearly 300 company-operated stores in New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. The Starbucks Card Mobile App for BlackBerry smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch devices enable customers to pay electronically.

"Mobile technology is part of our customers' daily routine and with the expansion of mobile payment in our test cities, we're seeing more and more customers using their smartphones as their mobile wallets," said Brady Brewer, vice president Starbucks Card and Loyalty.

ASSIA Secures $20.8 Million for Dynamic Spectrum Mgt

ASSIA, which supplies software for Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) of DSL networks, has secured $20.8 million in strategic investment financing. New investors Telefonica, AT&T, and Sandalwood Partners join current investors Mingly China Growth Fund, SFR Development, Sofinnova Partners, Stanford University, Swisscom Ventures, and T-Ventures. ASSIA previously announced an early close of $10 million in this financing round.

"ASSIA is pleased to have additional telecommunications service providers close this financing round to accelerate ASSIA's next-generation products to market. These strategic investments are an endorsement of ASSIA's solutions and recognize the successful deployment of ASSIA's first generation of software products," said Dr. John Cioffi, Chairman and CEO. "ASSIA welcomes our new investors and thanks current investors for their continuing support."

  • ASSIA stands for Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment Incorporated.

  • ASSIA is headed by Dr. John Cioffi, a veteran of the DSL industry, having served as founder, CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Amati prior to its acquisition by TI in 1997. Dr. Cioffi also held a tenured endowed professorship at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1985-2009, where he is now an active Professor Emeritus with small research efforts there in broadband access.

Sprint Adds 644,000 Total Wireless Subscribers

Sprint Nextel added 644,000 wireless subscribers in Q3, its best total company wireless subscriber net additions since 2006. This includes a positive net postpaid subscriber growth of 354,000 for the Sprint brand. The company cited growing demand for smartphones like Samsung Epic 4G and HTC EVO 4G.

Sprint announced third quarter consolidated net operating revenues of almost $8.2 billion, a net loss of $911 million and a diluted loss per share of 30 cents. The company generated $384 million of free cash flow in the quarter, and maintained a strong liquidity position with approximately $4.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter.

"Driven by record customer satisfaction, and the performance of iconic devices like the EVO and Epic, Sprint's momentum continued this quarter," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "The Sprint brand gained postpaid customers for the fourth consecutive quarter as, for the second consecutive quarter based on porting data, more customers switched to Sprint from our competitors than switched from Sprint to our competitors. In addition, our last two quarters have been all-time bests for postpaid churn. We also saw improvement sequentially in prepaid net adds and our lowest prepaid churn in almost five years."

ZTE Reports 7.5% Rise in Nine-Month Revenue

ZTE reported a 7.51% increase in operating revenue to US$6.87 billion for the nine months ended 30 September 2010. In the same period, net profit attributable to shareholders of the parent company grew 14.21% to US$203.1 million year-on-year. The company noted that revenue from terminal products grew by 30.53% due to China's expanding 3G market, the popularity of Android handsets in Europe and the U.S., as well as the data card products.
  • In August, ZTE Corporation reported interim first half 2010 revenue of US$4.524 billion, up by 10.89% year-on-year. The net profit grew by 12.02% to US$129.143 million in the six months ended June 30, 2010 based on Hong Kong financial reporting standards. Basic earnings per share amounted to US$0.047. ZTE's international revenue rose 19.58% year-on-year to USD2.246 billion, accounting for 49.65% of its total operating revenue. Revenue contribution from the European and US markets amounted to 18% of total revenue for the first time. The year-on-year revenue contribution from these two markets increased by 45%.

Ciena Supplies 40G in VietNam

Vietnam Telecoms National (VTN) will deploy Ciena's coherent 40G optical networking solution to support growing capacity demands on its nationwide optical backbone. VTN, which is an exclusive state-owned subsidiary of Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT), is upgrading an existing network based on 10G links.

Ciena said its 40G solution was selected because of its coherent and electronic dispersion compensation technology, which allows VTN to upgrade its existing 10G national backbone across country sites to 40G with the simple addition of transponder cards and no re-engineering of existing fiber routes or additional equipment required. The solution also provides investment protection as it can easily scale to 100G in the same manner as capacity demands increase.

du Implements GENBAND's IP Switching

du, the UAE's integrated telecom service provider, has expanded its next-generation fixed network with GENBAND's IP Switching solutions to offer more reliable and advanced Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) communications.

MRV Announces 10 Gigabit, High Density Physical Layer Switch

MRV COMMUNICATIONS introduced a high-density 10 Gigabit physical layer switch that can be used to automate topology management in test labs and data center network monitoring applications. The High Speed Media Cross Connect (HS MCC) system fills the requirement for greater number of 10G ports in one system, by providing 144 simultaneous bi-directional, uni-directional or multipoint mappings. It uses a 10.7 Gbps switching matrix allowing 10 Gbps signals to be switched over a single path across the backplane vs. grouped and switched on multiple paths as is typical in traditional physical layer switch design.

Sierra Wireless Adds Automotive-grade Wireless Modules

Sierra Wireless introduced a suite of embedded wireless modules designed specifically for automotive manufacturers. The units, which could be used for in-vehicle wireless connections to enable telematics, navigation, and infotainment applications, are built to withstand extreme temperatures, thermal shocks, constant vibration, and humidity over many years.

Sierra Wireless expects telematics, infotainment, navigation assistance and remote vehicle diagnostics to become standard features in new cars within the next few years, requiring reliable built-in connections to cellular networks. To date, Sierra Wireless has delivered more than two million wireless modules to auto manufacturers and first-tier suppliers, including the largest automotive companies in the world.

Broadcom Introduces DOCSIS EoC for EPON

Broadcom introduced a customized DOCSIS Ethernet over Coax (EoC) for Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) solution in support of China's Next Generation Broadcast (NGB) initiative. The highly integrated DOCSIS EoC for EPON solution that will allow Chinese cable operators to take advantage of the benefits of DOCSIS while providing an economical architecture for implementing triple play services to MDUs throughout the country.

The Broadcom DOCSIS EoC for EPON solution is a family of products, includingCMC, DOCSIS 2.0 and 3.0 cable modem and STB system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, that are designed to transition DOCSIS customer premises equipment (CPE) from the MDU coaxial network to the EPON fiber network. The solution features Broadcom's TurboQAM technology that supports downstream speeds up to 400 Mbps, which is a 25 percent improvement, and upstream speeds up to 160 Mbps, which is a 33 percent improvement over downstream and upstream speeds in support of the DOCSIS 3.0 standard.

The solution also provides advanced ingress and impulse noise mitigation technologies for S-CDMA (synchronous code division multiple access) transmission mode. Broadcom's S-CDMA Ingress Noise Cancellation or SINC technology allows operators to maximize use of the reverse path bandwidth for DOCSIS EoC applications for delivering fast, reliable and interactive services.

Monday, October 25, 2010

ECI Debuts Integrated OLT for GPON + Active Ethernet

ECI Telecom introduced its 1Net fiber access solution -- a next-generation integrated OLT (I-OLT) platform supporting GPON, active Ethernet (point-to-point), and full traffic aggregation capabilities -- all from a single chassis. The new I-OLT, which is a member of the company's Hi-FOCuS family, is being deployed by a number of operators including Openreach, part of the BT Group.

ECI said its I-OLT allows operators to deploy any mix of FTTx architecture, flexibly supporting GPON for residential services and active Ethernet/point-to-point for business services, while maintaining a single management umbrella. The solution allows flexible slot assignment so that the service mix offered by the access network is adaptable to customer requirements - whether residential, business, wholesale or wireless backhaul.

The fiber access solution is designed to accommodate the constantly growing capacity requirements of access networks, adhering to current and future GPON standards. The I-OLT's multiservice and aggregation capabilities minimize the number of nodes and elements required in the network, leveraging existing copper islands for any FTTx deployment. With full backward compatibility, the I-OLT is operationally compatible with all of ECI's 1Net Hi-FOCuS access solutions. The Hi-FOCuS family offers a unified management system for both copper and fiber deployments, allowing for local or remote provisioning, configuration and control, thus reducing complexities and operational costs.

Juniper Extends Security to Mobile Devices

Juniper Networks is extending its security expertise from the network edge directly to mobile devices -- including all flavors of smartphones and tablets -- both for enterprise users and consumers. At a press event in San Francisco, company officials unveiled the Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite, which provides a number of tools for securing and managing smartphones against a wide range of threats.

The software suite includes anti-virus, personal firewall, anti-spam, loss and theft prevention, and monitoring and control services that could be administered either by an enterprise network manager or by a service provider. Capabilities include parental controls that limit inappropriate device use, such as the sending or receiving of sexually explicit messages or images. The tools include a "locate me" feature for finding lost or stolen devices, locking them, backing them up remotely, and then wiping all their data.

Junos Pulse leverages Juniper's SA Series SSL VPN appliances, Unified Access Control (UAC), and WXC Series Application Acceleration platform. It combines all of these capabilities.

In addition, the company announced the opening of the Juniper Global Threat Center -- a facility located in Columbus, Ohio, that will provide around-the-clock, global monitoring of mobile security threats to consumers and enterprises.

Broadband Forum Rolls Out BroadbandSuite 3.2

The Broadband Forum released its BroadbandSuite 3.2, adding enhanced remote management capabilities for service providers who need to support advanced residential gateways and CPE. The new tools provide the ability to manage gateways in new ways, including downloading, installing and activating new software/applications.

BroadbandSuite™3.2 provides enhanced CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP) and establishes a converged Device and Gateway Root Data Model. This release extends Connected Home remote management abilities to enable operators to offer new applications via the gateway, to effectively address the plethora of new devices being introduced to the home, as well as improve back office billing and operations integration. Written in XML, these specifications remove the potential for user interpretation error and provide new implementation ease of data models.

ADTRAN Targets "Ultra Broadband Ethernet"

ADTRAN outlined plans for an "Ultra Broadband Ethernet" architecture positioned as the next step in network access.

This new Ethernet-based architecture and associated products will initially deliver a 100 Mbps symmetrical broadband service scaling to 1 Gbps with ultra-low power requirements and low latency characteristics. The strategy leverages bandwidth capacity gains achieved through vectoring and pair bonding techniques. The architecture enables operators to leverage a variety of deep-fibre service models including Gigabit Ethernet, GPON, and Next-generation PON backhaul.

ADTRAN said it currently has Ultra Broadband Ethernet trials underway with Tier 1 operators in North America, Europe and Asia. More details are expected in the first half of 2011 as the product line becomes commercially available.

"From a performance standpoint, FTTH has been the goal of service providers for years, but the economics are simply not yet there to support deployment to all areas of service provider networks," said Jay Wilson, senior vice president and general manager, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. "Ultra Broadband Ethernet is the solution service providers have been seeking. Not only does it meet all of the performance and operational standards required by operators today, but it does so at a fraction of the cost of current solutions, allowing service providers to quickly expand their broadband penetration rates."

Cavium's NITROX III Packs 16-64 Cores for 40 Gbps Security

Cavium Networks unveiled its NITROX III family of security processors that integrate 16 to 64 purpose-built security RISC cores with high performance compression engines, virtualization hardware and a PCI-Express Gen 2 interface. The processors, which are aimed at secure and virtualized cloud computing and the borderless enterprise applications, deliver performance is up to 10 times greater than alternative multi-chip solutions within the same power envelope.

Cavium said its NITROX III Security Processor family will deliver unmatched SSL and security performance, virtualization features, compression performance and very low power consumption. Product designs will offer up to 64 cores for up to 40Gbps of security performance. The designs will also support 200K RSA Ops/sec for 1024 bit keys and 35K RSA Ops/sec for 2048 bit keys.

Verizon Expands its Infrastructure-as-a-Service to Europe, Asia-Pac

Verizon is expanding its Infrastructure-as-a-Service to wholesale customers in Europe and Asia-Pacific, on an individual-case basis. The service has been available to U.S. wholesale customers since June.

Verizon's IaaS is a highly resilient on-demand infrastructure delivery platform that allows wholesale customers to quickly change resources in the quantity and duration necessary to meet changing business needs.
A customer management portal enables wholesale customers to dynamically move, add or remove resources such as physical and virtual services, storage, firewall, backup and support services.

Cable&Wireless Opens Second NOC in India

Cable&Wireless Worldwide has inaugurated a new India Centre of Excellence (ICE) in Chennai. It will serve as the company's second Network Operating Center (NOC) in India. The first NOC is located in Bangalore and together these two centres will manage and support communication networks of over 6,500 enterprise and carrier customers across Asia, Europe and the Americas. This represents a 55% increase in C&W Worldwide's India operations' capacity to support the Company's customer base.

Verizon Tests 10 Gbps XG PON2 Technology on FiOS

Verizon has successfully tested pre-standard XG-PON2 technology capable of delivering a 10 Gbps connection both downstream and upstream. The tests were conducted at a customer's business in Taunton, Mass., using the same optical fiber that provides that business with its existing FiOS network connection. None of the FiOS TV connections were affected by the trial, and there was no impairment to the business customer's data service as the GPON and XG-PON2 signals were layered over the same fiber for the trial.

The XG-PON2 trial used a prototype system developed by Alcatel-Lucent, which provides a GPON system used by Verizon, and implemented using the same wavelengths that were standardized for an earlier version of the XG-PON technology. The optical network terminal (ONT) unit placed at the business-customer location supported up to 10 single GigE links, as well as one dedicated link capable of delivering the full 10 Gbps symmetric speeds to a single location. Two PCs, each having a 10 Gbps network interface card, were communicating across the network between the ONT and the line terminal equipment located in the Verizon switching facility in Taunton.

"This trial demonstrates the capacity of Verizon's FiOS network to provide even greater upstream bandwidth capabilities required for adoption on a mass scale of new and emerging residential applications like user-generated video, as well as business services," said Brian Whitton, executive director of technology for Verizon. "High-definition video sharing, 3-D video, video telephony, telemedicine, and offsite backups and storage services are just a few of the applications that will take advantage of the expanded capacity Verizon is demonstrating today."
  • In May 2010, Verizon completed a field trial of a second XG-PON fiber-optic distribution system connecting at 10 Gbps downstream and 2.5 Gbps upstream to a FiOS customer location in Taunton, Mass. The test, used Motorola equipment deployed with dual fibers from an OLT (optical line terminal) in a Verizon switching facility to a combiner that coupled the XG-PON system with the existing GPON system. On the customer-facing side of the network, the test data traveled over a single FiOS fiber link to the customer test location.

  • In December 2009, Verizon announced its first field-tests of XG-PON. XG-PON signal was tested independently on a dedicated passive optical network (PON) as well as overlaid on a fiber providing FiOS service to a customer. This test used XG-PON equipment from Huawei.

NETGEAR's Q3 Revenue Rises 38% YoY

NETGEAR reported Q3 2010 net revenue of $236.0 million, compared to $171.1 million in the comparable prior year quarter, 38% year-over-year growth. Non-GAAP net income was $16.1 million, compared to net income of $11.0 million in the comparable prior year quarter.

Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR, commented, "For the third quarter of 2010, we are extremely pleased with our strong back-to-school performance in North America, which helped generate 62% year-on-year growth in that region. We also continue to experience a recovery in demand among small business customers worldwide, as reflected in our strong third quarter SMB revenue. Net revenue from service providers was approximately 19% of total net revenue in the third quarter of 2010, as compared to 25% in the third quarter of 2009, and 16% in the second quarter of 2010. We expect our service provider net revenue to continue to increase sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2010 as our service provider customers continue to phase in Docsis 3.0 equipment."

Broadcom's Revenue Jumps 44% from Prior Year

Broadcom reported record Q3 2010 net revenue of $1.806 billion, an increase of 12.6% compared with the $1.604 billion reported for the second quarter of 2010 and an increase of 44% compared with the $1.254 billion reported for the third quarter of 2009. Net income (GAAP) was $327 million, or $.60 per share (diluted).

"Broadcom continues to execute exceptionally well with record revenue and earnings in the third quarter of 2010. I am particularly pleased that we had record sales in each of our segments and reached our GAAP product operating margin model of 15% - 17%. These achievements are due to solid growth in our wired and wireless communication businesses, powerfully engineered products and Broadcom's continued commitment to financial discipline," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer.

AT&T Wins $18 Million Telepresence Award From U.S. GSA

AT&T Government Solutions has been awarded a task order valued at up to $18 million by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to implement a Cisco TelePresence solution. AT&T will initially deploy 15 telepresence rooms at GSA office locations across the United States, creating a Managed Network Service (MNS) Telepresence. The telepresence rooms will be installed at the 11 GSA regional headquarters and 4 Washington, D.C. area locations, and will be available for use by the GSA and other federal agencies. The task order was awarded under the GSA Networx Enterprise contract vehicle.

GSA manages 9,600 federally owned or leased buildings -- more than 350 million square feet of real estate.

Video: Next Gen Access - GPON or Active Ethernet?

Presented by Rafael Francis, ECI Telecom

Sunday, October 24, 2010

ZTE Purchases $3 Billion from U.S. Silicon Vendors

ZTE signed purchase agreements valued at a total of US$3 billion over the next three years with five U.S. silicon vendors: QUALCOMM, Texas Instruments, Freescale Semiconductor, ALTERA and Broadcom.

In the past, ZTE noted that it has paid over US$4 billion to U.S. vendors for intellectual property and hardware products.

"As a publicly traded and transparent company with more than 18.72% equity owned by European and American investors, we believe it is very important for ZTE to cooperate with U.S. partners and continue to increase our investment in the U.S. market," said Mr. Ye Weimin, Senior Vice President of ZTE Corporation. "We are keen to deepen our relationships with both U.S. suppliers and telecom carriers in order to meet the needs of our U.S. customers and provide highly secure and innovative products and solutions. It's an exciting time for ZTE and we are very optimistic about what can come from today's signed agreements."

Sigma Designs Shows its Chipset

Sigma Designs unveiled its chipset for home entertainment. The device, which is expected to start sampling early next year, will enable home networks that can run up to 3 Gbps using any wire (coax, phone lines and power lines) that is available in the home.

Sigma Designs notes that this level of in-home networking performance far exceeds the throughput of existing wireless technologies and is well-suited for media-rich applications, such as distributing HD video or telepresence sessions throughout a home.

Sigma's forthcoming CG5110 chip builds on the baseline spec approved by the ITU by implementing advanced MIMO techniques. Italso supports backward compatibility with today's mass deployments of HomePNA and
HomePlug AV.

"Sigma's new chipset delivers all the promise of breakthrough performance in every way and yet helps service providers radically decrease their costs to install and operate home networks," said Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager of Sigma Designs' Home Connectivity Group. "Until today, there was no universal solution for wired home entertainment networking. For each market, you had to develop a proprietary solution. Now, a single standards-based solution can cover the entire world and provide a highly reliable and
easy way to move rich content inside the home."
  • Last year, Sigma Designs acquired CopperGate Communications for approximately $116 million. Founded in 2000, CopperGate offered silicon solutions that drive home entertainment networks based on HomePNA. Its technology portfolio spans across all three wire-types: coax, phone, and power. CopperGate was also one of the leading contributors to the next generation home networking standard,

Tellabs Debuts Ethernet Access Switches for Mobile Backhaul

Tellabs introduced two new Ethernet access switches aimed at providing backhaul for 4G and LTE networks. Both products complement the Tellabs 8600 managed edge system of MPLS-based multiservice solutions. Both switches will be integrated under the Tellabs® 8000 Intelligent Network Manager.

Tellabs 8609 Access Switch -- a 1RU multiservice device with an enhanced switching and routing capacity of 10 Gbps. The compact Tellabs 8609 switch is designed for cell-site locations and Ethernet ring applications. It offers a rich set of interface modules and boasts high port-density for 2G and 3G networks as they evolve to 4G and LTE. The Tellabs 8609 switch will be generally available in the second quarter of 2011.

Tellabs 8611 Access Switch -- a flexible switch with control redundancy designed for large cell-site locations or hub applications in the network. The energy-efficient, 2RU device offers 10 Gbps switching and routing capacity. It is further supported by a long list of Ethernet OAM (operations, administration and maintenance) and packet connectivity features to provide services with carrier-grade reliability and manageability for the service provider. The Tellabs 8611 switch will be available in the third quarter of 2011.

"The Tellabs 8609 and 8611 access switches expand the Tellabs 8600 product family by offering a significant leap in node throughput, Ethernet port density and multiservice switching and routing capabilities," said Mika Heikkinen, vice president and general manager, Tellabs managed access products. "The platform also shares common hardware components, resulting in 2 scalable and compact form factors operating in a low energy footprint, and enabling customers to realize a cost-efficient total investment for 3G, 4G and LTE."

Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring Delivers 100 Mbps Boost to DSL

Ikanos Communications introduced its "NodeScale Vectoring" technology for mitigating crosstalk in copper access network and thereby enabling 100 Mbps DSL performance and above on loops within typical distance ranges. Other impediments including AM radio signals, power lines, lightning and other atmospheric elements inject even more noise into the copper network.

Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring technology employs advanced algorithms and compression in high-performance central office silicon to relieve these sources of noise in the copper binder. Unlike line card vectoring, the Ikanos NodeScale Vectoring technology cancels noise across an entire network node from 192 to 384 ports or more.

The company calculates that its method can double the performance of VDSL at most loop lengths, achieving 150 Mbps rates at 300 meters, and 100 Mbps at 500 meters.

Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring complies with the International Telecommunication Union standards group (ITU-T) G.vector standard (G.993.5), which provides for dynamic spectrum management level 3 (DSM-3) through the use of advanced crosstalk cancellation techniques.

"Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring technology will deliver the performance of fiber at one-tenth the cost of fiber-to-the-home," said John Quigley, CEO and president at Ikanos. "With NodeScale Vectoring, we believe that service providers will save billions of dollars on broadband deployments by delivering high-speed, highly reliable Internet access and premium services over their existing copper infrastructure."

The complete Ikanos system includes NodeScale Vectoring compatible line cards, Vector Computation Engines and G.vector-ready customer premises equipment. The system can be deployed flexibly to increase the performance of existing VDSL nodes, as part of ADSL network upgrades and in copper plants that previously served only plain old telephone service (POTS). Since the same Ikanos chipset supports vectored and non-vectored deployments, upgrades can occur on a line-by-line basis for a pay-as-you-go vectored network deployment.